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Tom Benson! Huge Record Setting Death!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 15, 2018 by joecetta

NFL and NBA team owner Tom Benson hoisted his final championship trophy today, at the age of 90! After making a stadium load of dough from automotive & bank deals, Benson snapped up the legendarily unsuccessful New Orleans Saints in 1985, and despite trying to move the franchise numerous times and weathering Hurricane Katrina nearly flattening the Superdome, he finally got that Lombardi at Super Bowl XLIV! He also owns the New Orleans Pelicans, who have not been as successful. Not yet, anyway.

But really, to the main point here, Eileen scores her first death in roughly two and a half years! Who would’ve thought that Joan Leslie’s demise in October of 2015 would kick off the greatest dry spell in Death Pool history? Remember, Eileen actually had three deaths that year – after three straight years of single scores only. Things were looking up! And now, finally, in her seventh year of competition, Eileen snags her seventh death all time! This is the earliest in a year that Eileen has gotten a death (beating her triple shot ’15 team by five days), so that bodes well. Also, this death lands her squarely in the middle of pack, ahead of eleven teams this year. My excitement knows no bounds!

The other person undoubtedly relieved by today’s news is Mike Walsh, previous holder of the Longest Stretch Without a Death record – his 717 days of itself is 140+ days longer than the prior record holder, Mike M. But Eileen’s massive 885 day run is unlikely to ever be matched. Hell, I’ll be amazed if it’s ever seriously rivaled. This is DiMaggio’s hitting streak. This is UCLA’s titles in the 60’s and 70’s. This is The Daily Show‘s Emmy wins. The next current active streak? It’s only 209 days! That’s right, Eileen’s run was over four times as long as the next closest team! Incredible.

I’m going to go celebrate if no one else is. You’ll be telling your grandkids about this day, I promise. I’m going to go home and high five all my fish.

Replacement pick is due by next Thursday!



Stephen Hawking!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 14, 2018 by joecetta

Landmark figure in the fields of science, cosmology, and Death Pool lore, Stephen Hawking broke down the mysteries of the universe for the last time today, at the age of 76! Surviving decades beyond his original prognosis, Hawking became the rare celebrity physicist, authoring numerous books aimed at bringing ultra-complex theories to the masses, most notably A Brief History of Time, which has sold north of ten million copies, and (as I heard described today) “make(s) you feel smart and stupid all at once.” He made appearances on Futurama (well, his animated head, anyway), Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Simpsons, and The Big Bang Theory, and was the subject of the Best Picture nominated The Theory of Everything, winning Eddie Redmayne an Oscar for his portrayal of Hawking.

With Hawking’s death, Sam ties a very briefly held record of mine – longest tenured team member to die, at 11 years! First taken in the seventh round of the 2008 draft, Hawking was Sam’s only remaining celebrity kept  since her rookie season in the pool. This ties the 11 years I had Fats Domino, who died last fall, and leaves us only two people who have remained on the same team for past 11+ years: Joyce Randolph on my team and Olivia de Havilland for Sarah – the only Year One team member. Hawking is the only the fourth person to die after spending at least ten years on a team, after Munchak’s Monty Hall, Sarah’s Gene Wilder, and Domino. This leaves 13 people currently at 10+ years on a team – Sam’s only other decade stretch with a person is Bill Cosby.

Replacement pick is due by next Wednesday!

Count Hubert de Givenchy!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 13, 2018 by joecetta

Fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy measured his last hips this week, at the age of 91! Founder of the House of Givenchy in 1952, he bedecked many a famous lady of the mid-century, including Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, Ingrid Bergman, and Greta Garbo, and such Death Pool figures as Lauren Bacall, Sunny von Bulow, Jeanne Moreau, and Empress Farah Pahlavi, still residing over on Sean’s team. He also hawked a perfume line, a men’s collection, and had his name on a 1980’s model Ford! Well played, monsieur!

And after a lengthy hiatus, Team Buonin scores their first death of the year! Their hot start managed to carry them through bone dry third and fourth quarters in ’17, and they now give us just over 50% of the teams scoring points this year. Nice job!

Replacement pick due by next Tuesday!

David Ogden Stiers and Roger Bannister!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 5, 2018 by joecetta

Actor David Ogden Stiers and track legend Roger Bannister collectively snubbed the Oscars ceremony last night, beating it out the door Saturday at the ages of 75 and 88, respectively! Stiers is probably best remembered for his role as Maj. Charles Winchester on the later seasons of M*A*S*H, for which he picked up two Emmy nominations, or for his voice work as Cogsworth in 1991’s Beauty and the Beast, but appeared in many movies and TV shows over his five decade career, including THX 1138, The Cheap Detective, Mighty Aphrodite, a lot of Perry Mason movies, and further Disney voice work in Pocahontas, Lilo & Stitch, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and more.

Bannister never finished higher than fourth at an Olympics, but his place in history was secure when he became the first person to run a sub-4 minute mile, in 1954. More surprising, he didn’t much train for this record, his primary focus being a med student. So for 46 glorious days in the late spring of ’54, Bannister was the fastest man in the world. He was the first recipient of Sports Illustrated‘s Sportsman of the Year award for this feat, and was knighted in 1975. In the years since, the world record for the mile was broken a number of times, but has only gotten down to 3.43 minutes, by Hicham El Guerrouj in 1999.

And Munchak picks up a third big death already this year, closing a fair amount on Sarah’s huge lead, and giving himself a lot of breathing room in that silver medal position with long time team member Stiers. Capone nabs a second here in the early going, taking over the lead in the Crystal! Well done, guys!

Replacement picks due by next Monday!

Barry Crimmins!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 1, 2018 by joecetta

Comedian Barry Crimmins took down the hypocrites for the last time this week, at the age of 64! A political satirist and Boston comedy club founder, Crimmins was the subject of Bobcat Goldthwait’s acclaimed documentary Call Me Lucky two years ago, gaining him national recognition after years spent almost exclusively as a nightclub comic. He appeared on various podcasts in recent years, including WTF with Marc Maron and The Comedian’s Comedian, as well as a stand-up special Whatever Threatens You, released on Louis C.K.’s websiteHe is the author of a book undoubtedly replete with good advice, judging by its title – Never Shake Hands with a War Criminal.

And Sarah rakes down 46 big points on her fifth death today, extending her already sizable lead here two months in. Half the other teams are still scoreless! Well done!

Replacement pick due by next Thursday!

Lewis Gilbert!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 28, 2018 by joecetta

And that was a wrap on film director and producer Lewis Gilbert last week, after 97 years! Gilbert wrote and directed many war pictures in the ’50s and ’60s, including Sink the Bismarck!, Reach for the Sky, and Light Up the Sky!, which is a good sampling to appreciate his use of punctuation in film titles. He began a string of producing his directing efforts with Alfie, which garnered him a Golden Globe nomination for directing and an Oscar nom for Best Picture. Trying to live up to Alfie’s success led to some admirable pictures in the ’80s and ’90s, like Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine, and a trio of James Bond films ranging from good (The Spy Who Loved Me) to okay (You Only Live Twice) to decidedly poor (Moonraker). In the meantime, in the midst of narrowly missing out on directing two eventual Best Picture winners – Oliver! and The Godfather – Gilbert did lens one of the more heralded awful movies in history, The Adventurers, an epic three-hour sexventure starring Bekim Fehmiu as Dax Xenos, if that tells you anything.

And Dondos pulls down a fourth death in the first two months, 13 more points moving them to third overall. Well done!

Replacement pick due by next Wednesday!

Nanette Fabray!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 26, 2018 by joecetta

Actress Nanette Fabray was the secret square for the last time this weekend, at the age of 97! Fabray was a staple of the stage and small screen in the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s, winning a Tony in 1949 for the musical Love Life, and yes, she did tour in the company of No, No, Nanette, which was not an autobiography. She won multiple Emmy awards for Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows follow-up Caesar’s Hour, before settling into a long routine of guest appearances and game shows, including Hollywood Squares, What’s My Line?, The Carol Burnett Show, and The Love Boat. In the ’90s she appeared on Coach, playing the mother of Hayden’s wife Christine, portrayed by Nanette’s real-life nice, Shelley Fabares – Nanette was born Ruby Bernadette Fabares. Huh!

And Bats nabs a third score of the year, 13 points for Fabray moving him into third overall here in the early going. Nice job!

Replacement pick due by next Monday!